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Toys and Time

I tried to swallow but the massive lump in my throat refuse to give way. I blinked back emotions, and took a deep breath before glancing down at the enraptured face of my three year old. His eyes were locked on the TV, seemingly oblivious to the sadness that had descended upon his pops.

The cause of my bereavement?  Toy Story 3. Spurgeon had unwrapped the box set over Christmas and we had slowly been working our way through the Woody and Buzz Lightyear trilogy. In the third installment the remaining toys, that Andy (the kid owner of the toys) had not done away with as he grew older, found themselves by a cruel twist of fate dropped into the world of day care. In the end they were reunited with Andy just before he departed for college. Andy, too old now for toys, decided to gift his play things to a sweet neighborhood girl.


It was here that the sadness began to creep in. As Andy reached into the box to bring out one gifted toy after another, the music built. Nostalgia settled in heavily. I remembered not only Andy being a little dude, but the fact that when I first encountered Woody and his crew I was barely out of childhood myself. The scene was a startling reminder of just how quickly life rumbles along.

In his sole epistle, the half brother of Jesus remind us “that life is a vapor.” Here we sit on February 1, an entire month of 2017 gone. Thirty one days we will never get back. And the question looms… what are we doing in these fleeting hours? Specifically, what did we do for the kingdom of God in the first month of 2017?

At the outset of this year I posted to social media a single phrase from the pen of Jonathan Edwards. The words read “I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.” To achieve this will mean daily intentional living to this end.

The Puritan commentator Matthew Henry declared, “Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to His design.” With February now upon us, and lost souls around us, let’s take Paul’s words to the church at Ephesus to heart, “redeeming the time.” For His fame, for others good, let’s press forward daily to make the best use of the talent of time that God has given.

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